Bread Box

by Barb
2 Materials
4 Hours
Once again, my daughter has said, "Mom, I want a bread box". Sure ya' get rid of a huge microwave and had one installed over the stove so now there's room for a bread box on the counter! Ok, of course. She even supplied a picture/style she wanted.
Picture for inspirations
So the above pic is just a pic offline - basic Amish bread box it said. Looks good.Luckily I have my father's ability (he was a master wood crafter) to look at something and pretty much build it from that! I have no idea how large it should be so I went with what pallet wood I had available. So I did have a few longer pieces which I cut, sanded and sanded some more. The box is 10 inches deep and 20 inches wide and the back is 8 inches high. 10x20x8
I always forget to take pics in the beginning! Probably because I'm so excited to work in my shop with actual purpose!! The front board is 5"x20" as are the 2 boards on the bottom. I did put 1x1 pieces inside to help support the sides. (you can see them in the back).
Because I only had a picture, I guessed at the angle of the side front board then followed that angle to the next board. Once I had the angle cut, I squared off the top to make the flat piece for the hinges. (The top is just resting there and not attached with hinges yet so that's why it doesn't look square on the box.)
Sorry for the sunlight on the pic but you can see the underside of the top of the door. I glued and nailed the 3 boards together. Keep in mind not to attach this piece right to the front edge as it has to have room on the front edge of the front piece. Otherwise there will be a big gap. I then sanded some more and tweaked it here and there taking the sharp edges off the wood. . There were a couple of knots with holes for character (You can see one on the bottom near the back) but I didn't want anything crawling in there so I glued a piece of mesh screen over the holes.
Wa-la , a breadbox has been born! I chose the barn door type hinges because I thought they'd look good. The handle I had leftover from making serving trays. The rest is up to my daughter to either paint or stain. Not my problem at this point. Me? Because of the grain in the wood, I would use something that would make the grain pop. I love wood and all the grains. It's a crime to paint beautiful wood but sometimes you just have to!! You could actually buy the wood. I would think 2 pcs of 1x6x8' would be plenty. You'll have some wood left over for something else!! Choose whatever you want for hinges and a handle
Suggested materials:
  • 1x6x8'   (Lowes)
  • Hinges, handle   (Ace Hdwr)
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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Oct 27, 2017

    Wow! I'm impressed. You did a great job! Hope your daughter enjoys it!

  • Barb Barb on Oct 28, 2017

    Thank you. It's amazing what a little paint can do along with new hardware even if you don't really need it.

    Have fun with it.